In this article you will find the top 5 must-see attractions when visiting Monaco.
#1. Monaco Palace
The Palace of Monaco is located in the famous Monaco-Ville district. Interestingly, if there is a flag flying over the roof of the large public building, it means that the prince is in his chambers. A special feature of the palace is the Italian Gallery, the room in which the throne stands, the salons of Louis XV and Mazarinis inside the palace.
In the summer, concerts are often held in the courtyard. The palace is not entirely open to tourists; the Grimaldi chambers are in the south-west wing.
#2. Monte Carlo Casino
The sights of Monaco are not limited to gardens and cathedrals. Casinos are the landmark of the country, and the Casino de Monte Carlo is one of the most respectable gambling houses in the world.
It came into being after Prince Charles III sold the two towns to Napoleon III. He decided to use the proceeds to create an aristocratic resort. The French financier was asked to open a casino in Monaco, and the result was a very beautiful building. Until lunchtime, it can be visited like a normal museum; you only need to buy a ticket to enter and there is no dress code.
#3. Café de Paris
Another Monaco landmark is located in the busiest place in Monte Carlo, namely the famous Casino Square. The Café is very popular with tourists because here you can see wax figures of the subjects of the principality.
The cuisine at Café de Paris is not only high quality but also varied. The chef manages to create the most original dishes with an unforgettable taste.
Where to stay in Monaco?
Many of the Principality's hotels are in chic, historic buildings, while the Hermitage and the De Paris are in palaces. 4-5 star hotels are predominant and cost from €500 per night. Three-star hotels are much less common.
Mini hotels are an economical option: Monte Carlo has several options from 120 EUR per night for two people. Apartments start at 190 EUR per night.
#4. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
The cathedral serves as a family tomb for the rulers of the state.
#5. Port Hercule
Port Hercule, one of Monaco's two most famous seaports, is a must for a day trip. The place is deservedly considered luxurious and modern.
Today Hercule, the largest and oldest port in the Principality, is home to some 700 immaculate ships. It is home to some of the most luxurious yachts in the world. The view of the city of Monte-Carlo is magnificent from here. There are relatively affordable restaurants and hotels close to the port.
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